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composed by Reynold D. Philipsek
This is an outtake clip from the documentary “A Life Well Played”.
It was just recently rediscovered.
The clip is of Clint Hoover (harmonica) and me playing “Astoria” ( a song we recorded in 2008).
Clint and I eventually went on to form the quartet East Side with Matt Senjem and Michael Bissonnette.
We made two albums.
Clint has since moved to Pittsburgh but this is a nice memento of our partnership and friendship.
The clip was filmed in the fall of 2015.
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(written and arranged by Reynold D. Philipsek copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
harmonica- Clint Hoover
bass- Jeff Brueske
keyboards- Gregg Inhofer
percussion- Michael Bissonnette
This is from my new album, “Picture This.” A version of this song was originally recorded for “Anthology.”
This “new” version has added piano and synths strings which, in my opinion, enhance the song in a very dramatic way. In fact, the song itself is a sort of study in applying a sense of drama and poignancy in music.
I originally wrote the song for my friend jazz violinist, Gary Schulte, but alas it was never recorded with or by him.
At least not yet.
I am very pleased with this new version.
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(composed by reynold d. philipsek 2018 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
acoustic bass-matt senjem
My family comes from the eastern part of Europe (Poland, Ukraine and Bohemia or Silesia).
My natural tendency is toward harmonies that reflect an Eastern European bent which are basically minor scalar things with flattened fifths and raised sevenths.
That might be an overly technical explanation for some but it essentially means a sort of “gypsy” flavor. In fact the scale is called by some Hungarian Minor and by others Gypsy Minor.
Again, I don’t purposely write or play in this mode, it just happens.
This song came to me one day while I was out jogging. The recurrent “mantra” in 11/4 was not premeditated. I only go to odd meters if they naturally occur. Otherwise it seems forced or contrived. In my opinion.
In fact, only when I came home from the jog and wrote down the melody of the theme did I realize it was in 11.
The solo sections in between are very modal. The whole thing goes even a little further “East” than Silesia and enters a little quasi/faux “raga” territory.
The piece is a staple of both of my performing groups East Side and Sidewalk Cafe, as well as being on my latest album, Picture This.